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Edison State College Elections

Lou Spacco, Ali Bender, Cynthia Rallo, Hon. Paul A. Stamoulis, Randy Ann Bechtel 

Lou Spacco, Ali Bender, Cynthia Rallo, Hon. Paul A. Stamoulis, 
Randy Ann Bechtel at Edison State College

April first and no April Fools Jokes were being played at Edison State College in Punta Gorda.  The Student Government Officers' annual elections were held.  Charlotte County Supervisor of Elections, Hon. Paul A. Stamoulis and his team were there to assist and to help facilitate the process. 

The entire Edison student body was eligible to participate as they chose the officers that would represent them in the coming year.  To get on course, Edison Student Advisor, Ali Bender contacted Elections Outreach Specialist, Randy Ann Bechtel.  With input from the Assistant Supervisor of Elections, Blanche House, and Elections Support Services Lou Spacco, the election was synchronized along the same lines as all elections.

With Ali working as a coordinator on the part of Edison State College and Randy Ann representing the Supervisor of Elections office, efficient communication led to a successful election. The election was coded and the paper ballots created by means of the same equipment used by Charlotte County voters during the Early Voting process.  Voting privacy booths and the DS200 Optical Scan Tabulator were transported to the site by Lou Spacco, who demonstrated to the students how the scanners operate.


Edison State College Students present their valid student ID. Also seen 
Student Advisors, Ali Bender and Cynthia Rallo conversing with 
Supervisor of Elections, Hon. Paul A. Stamoulis, and Lou Spacco 
overseeing DS200.

Students were eligible to cast their votes after presenting a valid student identification card.  Fifty-three students cast their ballots and expressed enthusiasm about their voting experiences.

Hon. Paul A. Stamoulis paid a visit on the second day to oversee the tabulation process.  While there, he mingled with the faculty and students and shared his passion for democracy.  Paul reminded those present that every vote counts.  This fits right in with the mission of our office - to raise awareness and understand the importance of voting.  Paul strives to have an impact on the community by helping to educate the future leaders of our great country. 

On April 2nd, the results were tabulated and the winners were announced.  Jessica Sutton won as President, Jing Lin, Vice President, Kristen Havener, Secretary and Anthony Aurelis, Treasurer.  The Club of the Year was Student Government Association (SGA) and the Advisor of the Year was Ali Bender (SGA).  Ali’s hard work and determination certainly paid off.

Paul’s optimistic approach was instrumental in elevating enthusiasm and propelling the students to consider being more pro-active in participating in the democratic process.  He encouraged them to consider getting more involved, perhaps by adopting a precinct  or stopping by the office and paying him a visit.  Paul suggested that if they contacted our offices well before their next election, we would supply them with the tools and the information needed to campaign effectively, and strive for a larger voter turn-out.

Hon. Paul A. Stamoulis and his team members Randy Ann and Lou represented the Supervisor’s office well.  Hard work behind the scenes and good coordinated efforts with the student advisors helped Edison State College have a most successful election for 2009.  It may have taken place over April Fools Day, but there were no jokes being played.  Committed students determined to make a difference made sure that their voices were heard through the power of their vote!